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I sleep very well
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Christian Schmidt-Chemnitzer
I sleep very well

02.09. - 01.10.06
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This time he's not standing - rather lying, partially buried in a stone pile at the takt Gallery in Friedrichshain.  Christian Schmidt-Chemnitzer, born 1968, is best known to Berliners as one who stands for hours without moving. In May 2005 he stood for six hours on a ladder at the busy corner of Schoenhauser Allee and Danziger Strasse.  For years, he has frequently balanced on an ice block, barefoot and dressed in a diaper, with a small ice block held in each hand.  Schmidt-Chemnitzer has toured the world with this ice block performance, ever since it's debut in Berlin in 1996 when he stood completely nude for over 100 minutes.

Christian Schmidt-Chemnitzer irritates the viewer through the apparent stagnancy of his performances, through his motionless presence.  This time he gives his lack of motion a name: I sleep very well.  Yet the artist has not made it comfortable for himself.  One can barely imagine that he can actually sleep well in a stone pile.  Is he really sleeping?  We are left to ponder the many associations brought to mind by seeing a person buried in a pile of stones.

Text: Henriette Boehmert-Leske